Recruit Profile: Brandon Ogletree

Texas is not the Lone Star state as far as BYU is concerned. Already focused on phenomenal Texas receiver prospect McKay Jacobsen, the Cougars now appear to have a second Texan star in their gaze. This recruit plays on the defensive side of the ball and is very familiar with BYU and its football program.

Brandon Ogletree hails from McKinney, Texas where he's being looked at by a slew of division one schools. However, Ogletree's roots to Utah and to BYU run deep and will be of consideration when he decides which school to sign with and play for at the end of this coming football season. Said Ogletree, "I was actually born in Provo, Utah, so I'm very familiar with BYU having been born there and both my parents attended school at BYU."

Ogletree grew up in Logan, Utah before his family moved to McKinney, Texas where football is big just like everything else in the lone star state. "Yeah, football is huge here," said the 6-0, 215 linebacker prospect, "and I love playing football and hopefully I'll get a chance to play in college."

Playing at the next level for a division one program shouldn't be much of a problem for Ogletree who just finished up his junior season with impressive stats that garnered a first team all-state selection at the 4-A level.

Said Ogletree: "I recorded 145 tackles last year and I think 65 of them were solo tackles. I also had two interceptions, one of which I returned for a touchdown and I knocked down 10 passes."

But Ogletree doesn't just star on the defensive side of the field as he explains, "I play a lot of special teams and I blocked 2 punts and I was also the deep-snapper for my team."

As mentioned, Ogletree is hearing from some impressive programs already. Schools such as BYU, Arizona, Texas Tech, TCU, SMU, Nebraska, Baylor and Wisconsin among some others are jamming his mailbox with letters in this early stage of the recruiting process.

"Texas Tech is sending me letters almost weekly and the other schools are sending them almost as much already," said Ogletree. "Of the schools that are giving me interest I'm probably most interested in BYU, Arizona and Texas Tech right now."

Ogletree's coach has received inquiries and visits from BYU assistant Brian Mitchell, but Ogletree has not been contacted as of yet by Mitchell or any other Cougar coach due to NCAA recruiting bylaws, but Ogletree plans on making the acquaintance soon. "I'm going to definitely camp at BYU this summer and hopefully I'll be invited to some of the NIKE camps," said the senior-to-be. "I've been invited to the NIKE here in Texas at TCU, but I definitely want to go to some other camps and show people what I can do."

Although Ogletree plays linebacker he may end up playing safety. "I'm being looked at to playing both, so we'll just have to see," said Ogletree who has 4.5 forty speed. "I feel that I'm pretty fast and that I could definitely play safety if that's where coaches feel I would do best. It doesn't really matter though, I just want to play."

Ogletree knows BYU and the surrounding Utah Valley well as both of his parents attended the school. "Oh, I'm very familiar with BYU," Ogletree said. "I sort of grew up a BYU fan and I've always followed their program. I watched their defense last year and I really liked Coach Mendenhall's defense."

At this early stage in the recruiting process, Ogletree is going to take his time deciding which school to sign with. "I don't have any offers yet, so hopefully that changes," said Ogletree. "When I get my offers I'll then go from there. I really don't have a plan right now regarding which school I'm going to commit to. I'm just going to wait and see what offers come in."


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